“Xenia is a valuable voluntary group in Hackney, run by dedicated young women volunteers, committed in offering marginalised migrant women a real opportunity to learn English in a safe and friendly environment. Their success has been down to a strong belief in making language learning accessible for all women, many whom are often excluded from mainstream ESOL classes, so they can build their confidence and take part in their local community.

The learning method used by Xenia not only helps women learn English but also helps everyone involved to break down barriers by making friends and understanding of different cultures, practices and norms. To continue offering this vital service and meet the growing demand it is vital that London funders resource Xenia adequately.”

Sofia Roupakia, London Projects Manager at Migrants’ Rights Network